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Montana pot shops firebombed as city weighs dispensary moratorium
    #425885 - 05/30/10 05:14 AM (7 years, 10 months ago)

Montana pot shops firebombed as city weighs dispensary moratorium

HELENA, Mont. — The vandals struck in the middle of the night, hurling Molotov cocktails through the windows of two medical-marijuana businesses and spray-painting "NOT IN OUR TOWN" just before the Billings City Council was supposed to take up a ban on any new pot shops.

Montana and other states that have legalized medical marijuana are seeing a backlash, with public anger rising and politicians passing laws to slow the proliferation of pot shops and bring order to what has become a wide-open, Wild West sort of industry.

They are looking to avoid what happened in California, which allowed the pot industry to grow so out of control that at one point, Los Angeles had more medical-marijuana shops than Starbucks — about 1,000 by one count.

"Yeah, it's out of control — and it needs control, if not extinction," Montana Sen. Jim Shockley said Friday. "There's no control over distribution. There's no control over who's growing it. There's no control in dosage."

Fourteen states, including Colorado, have legalized medical marijuana, beginning with California in 1996. The District of Columbia followed suit this month.

But many of these states passed their laws without working out the details. And they weren't ready for the boom in pot shops that occurred this past year after the Obama administration announced it wouldn't prosecute medical-marijuana users.

In some places, law enforcement officials and civic leaders are complaining that there are too many marijuana dispensaries and that buyers and sellers are falling victim to robberies and break-ins. Colorado lawmakers passed sweeping rules this month for pot growers and the estimated 1,100 pot shops.

The Billings City Council approved a six-month moratorium on new medical-marijuana businesses. Thursday, the city ordered 25 of Billings' pot businesses to shut down after finding they were not properly registered with the state.

"I was hoping this would be a more civil discussion," City Councilman Denis Pitman said after the firebombings. "I wish it wouldn't have gotten to this level."


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Re: Montana pot shops firebombed as city weighs dispensary moratorium [Re: Dephect]
    #426359 - 05/31/10 08:37 AM (7 years, 10 months ago)

And the pot growers are the violent ones?

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Re: Montana pot shops firebombed as city weighs dispensary moratorium [Re: brifunforme]
    #426368 - 05/31/10 09:27 AM (7 years, 10 months ago)

yeah, what the fuck?  People sure are dumb.


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